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Michael Jackson Merchandise Hearing

8/17/2009 7:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The lawyer for Michael Jackson's kids is set to appear in court for the first time today, as lawyers for the estate and Katherine Jackson's lawyers try to reach an agreement on merchandising all things Michael.

UPDATE 7:10 PM -- And we're done for the day. Biggest headline -- the judge has approved a major Jackson merchandising deal, but there is still one more deal (with AEG for a Jackson memorabilia tour) to be decided upon.

UPDATE 7:03 PM -- The judge has set an evidentiary hearing for Friday -- so the AEG deal won't be approved (or denied) until then.

UPDATE 6:45 PM -- An attorney for AEG says the company wants the deal taken care of this week.

UPDATE 6:41 PM -- And we're back on the record.

UPDATE 6:34 PM -- The judge has ordered a short recess in the hopes all sides can reach an agreement on the AEG deal today.

UPDATE 6:32 PM -- The lawyer representing Jackson's kids isn't sure the AEG deal is the best deal out there.

UPDATE 6:24 PM -- One of the lawyers for the special administrators is worried that if the AEG deal isn't approved soon, AEG will pull it off the table.

UPDATE 6:15 PM -- All parties involved continue to express the time constraint they are under -- everyone wants the deals done ASAP.

UPDATE 6:10 PM -- The attorney for the kids just said she is not objecting the AEG deal.

UPDATE 6:05 PM -- An attorney for Katherine just suggested the lawyers for estate have pulled the guardian ad litem towards their side.

UPDATE 5:58 PM -- The deal with Bravado, to produce various different kinds of Jackson memorabilia, has been approved. This deal will generate millions of dollars for the Jackson estate.

UPDATE 5:50 PM -- Howard Weitzman, the attorney for the special administrators, has stated that one of the beneficiaries approves the AEG deal (to put on a Jackson memorabilia tour), but one is against it. We've been hearing Katherine is not happy about the arrangement, so she is probably the one who has objected.

UPDATE 5:35 PM -- The judge has set a tentative date (September 9) to hear Katherine's safe harbor petition. What that means is that Katherine wants to file an objection to the special administrators, but doesn't want to do so if it would be considered protesting the will. Jackson's will contains a no-contest clause -- meaning anyone who challenges it loses their inheritance rights.

UPDATE 5:30 PM -- The judge said that if it weren't for Katherine Jackson's procedural posturing, both parties would not have to spend as much time in court.

UPDATE 5:13 PM -- The judge said he agrees with Lodise -- there needs to be a simpler process put in place so the special administrators of Jackson's estate don't have to go before the judge to do every single thing.

UPDATE 5:11 PM
-- The judge wants to come up with a trial date for Katherine Jackson's objection to the permanent appointment of the special administrators.

UPDATE 5:10 PM -- Margaret Lodise, the guardian ad litem for Jackson's kids, has submitted a report to the court.

UPDATE 4:57 PM -- The lawyers are getting into place.

UPDATE 4:47 PM -- Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise, the woman who claims to be the bio mom of MJ's kids, is in the courtroom. Let the fun begin!

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46.

cindee    

*****PRINCE MICHAEL JACKSON*****
Should have a seat at that table...12years old is young..
But there's been a lot younger children running Countries
I don't beleive Grandmother Katherine is competent.....
Afterall, Michael was taking care of "Her" and the Encino
compound ..... and Everyone that lives there.
What did they do to help Michael??????
Michael was preparing his Son to take over "SOME DAY".......

1791 days ago
47.

LucyInTheSky    

5:30PM...the Honorable Judge is tellingitlikeitis.
He's been on to the "Kates" motives since day 1.

Keep on Kate with your posturing, maybe you'll still wind up with exactly what you deserve.

ZERO...ZILCH....NADA.

GREEDY "LADY"

1791 days ago
48.

Camilla    

I don't know why they have to go that much in the court, to do what???
I feel so sorry for Michael, cause he's gone and everybody is making a circus with his business, kids' interests and mainly with HIS BODY.
It's not fair with Michael. His family is deciding many things that maybe he wouldn't agree. Be buried in the day he was born... Delay that much to bury him. He is not a ping-pong ball.

1791 days ago
49.

english grandmother    

This may not be the right place, but I am sick and tired about how American people are arguing amongst themselves in such a bitter fashion.
Hi. To all you black people out there who claim MJ as your own, shame on you! To all you white people who claim MJ as your own, shame on you!
We are talking about a man who wanted to destroy colour and race bars and make all people everywhere brothers and sisters.
How dare any of you talk about his children and the colour of their skin? Those children are MJ's lasting legacy. They loved their father and I pray to God that they are allowed to be proud of him and are able to give something back as he would have wanted.
You black and white people should hang your heads in shame because MJ was one amazing human being who would be appalled at these deep divisions. He would loathe all you people to be bigoted and unreasonable.
To all those on this website who make cruel jokes about this tragedy, I feel sorry for you. One day, someone dear to you who dies may be ridiculed in this way. How would you feel?
On August 9 biographer Ian Halperin reported in the Daily Mail that MJ's last hours were hell. MJ demanded the tour be called off and shouted constantly for his father Joe to be by his side and to "clean up the mess".
MJ was lied to and told his father could not be reached, so he ordered Murray to "put him out".
Just before this MJ had a shouting match on the phone with one of his advisors and MJ said he was calling off the tour.
I have always disliked Joe Jackson. I think him greedy and immoral, but he did tell his kids never to give less that 100 per cent and if not, not to perform.
However unpalatable it may be, I think MJ wanted Joe at the end. He forgave Joe long ago, he could not do the O2 gig and he wanted someone to sort it out.
I don't know if it is true but another report said MJ was so badly adicted a year ago that Joe wanted to section him and get him clean, but Katherine absolutely refused.
I always loved MJ's music, but I was a much bigger fan of the man. I am deeply saddened by the way his corpse is being picked over and the horrible comments being made about him and his children.
Can we not now let him " go quietly into that good night". We have lost someone very special and we should all reflect before making any further cruel or bigoted comments.
I am just an English grandmother, living in a tiny village in the middle of my beautiful country and I have black, brown, yellow and white friends. So you may ask, what would I know?

1791 days ago
50.

who the hell    

ok so I dont understand all the lawer stuff and please dont (if you do know) try to explain it I will forget it all by the time entertainment tonight comes on. Anyway why did MJ not do this better? When my father in law died (No big estate but sizable) mother did not have to go to court one time not once. I do realize with the children and all but why did he not fix his will to avoid all of this crap? And can someone tell me why in the last month are their sitings of the boys out and about but not Paris or have I missed her pics?

1791 days ago
51.

Homie1Kanobe    

UPDATE 5:35 PM -- The judge has set a tentative date to hear Katherine's safe harbor petition. What that means is that Katherine wants to file an objection to the special administrators, but doesn't want to do so if it would be considered protesting the will. Jackson's will contains a no-contest clause -- meaning anyone who challenges it loses their inheritance rights.

All I can say is ( KEEP DANCING IN MINE FIELD ) Here I 'll turn the music up for ya BOOOOOM

1791 days ago
52.

Tstorm    

Z ... I'm not sure I agree with you . You see , Prince1 and Paris are older .... but Blanket has a long way to go in that house ... special admin or not ..... and if MamaKate gets cut out ..... will it be taken out on the babies ... conciously or sub-conciously

Frankly I don't care what happens once the children are out of teh house ...... but while they are there pins and needles .

1791 days ago
53.

Creeder    

Someone needs to tell Katherine to sit down and shut up and let the money people do what they do best. She'll get her share. Why on earth is she making such a fuss and PLEASE BURY MICHAEL!!!!!

1791 days ago
54.

MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

UPDATE 5:50 PM -- Howard Weitzman, the attorney for the special administrators, has stated that one of the beneficiaries approves the AEG deal, but one is against it. We've been hearing Katherine is not happy about the arrangement, so she is probably the one who has objected.
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THEY NEED TO CUT KJ OUT

1791 days ago
55.

Della    

49. Regarding Katherine Jackson: It has been alleged that Michael was "estranged" and had a falling out with the assigned executors. Also: One of the Lawyers in the firm was assigned Executor by another member of his own firm. This may be a CONFLICT OF INTEREST. May cast a shadow of IMPROPRIETY on the current administrators.... we all know Michael was vulnerable prey. (trial proved it too)

Posted at 5:48PM on Aug 17th 2009 by PA WOMANIZER
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Could you provide a link or where this source may be? Had not heard this
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on another note-- TMZ- You know and I know you have a much better picture of Michael Jackson. Must every picture you put on this board show him in a bad light? I mean one could assume he was listening to music, but come on. Get real. You can do much better than that.

1791 days ago
56.

justice is mine says the lord    

I agree that Katherine is being pushed by Joe. He wanted MJs money when MJ was alive. always asking to borrow a half mil at at time, i wonder if he ever paid any of it back or if MJ got smart and started just saying NO up front. Its a shame he didnt just leave it all to his kids and the charites. they deserve it, no one else.

1791 days ago
57.

pamela    

I dont understand what her concern is abt Branca & McCain..I mean both of these men had done exceptional things for Michael...Not to mention he has been with Michael for 20 some odd years...Especially Branca with the catalog and the purchase of neverland..Hell, the owners of neverland wanted like 36 million and Branca got it for Michael for 16 million...
They have brought in over a 100 million dollars for the family in 2 months...Thats remarkable!! needless to say even more after the movie and other things they have lined up...

Another point in case...If Michael's mother was with him in all his business dealings, then how did she not know how bad his drug situation was and not do anything to help him...Just a thought!!

1791 days ago
58.

M-    

Katherine Jackson needs to back off.

1791 days ago
59.

who the hell    

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you
judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it
will be measured to you."
- Matthew 7:1

This scripture was written to the church Christians were back Biting and all, Christ wanted to let them know the punishment for such behavior. Christ seldom spoke about or to the lost unless he was recruiting them.

1791 days ago
60.

the world    

WOW......$$$$$$$$$$$$ makes the Jacksons go around
this is PATHETIC of his MOTHER backed by JOE SHAME

so....if there is no $ for her (the Memrobilia tour)
then she doesn't support it!!!!

this is truly a sad reality!

Fighting about what they could and can make$$$$

and he is laying frozen!!!! not even in eternal rest!
DAMN PEOPLE what is wrong with you???

1791 days ago
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